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200 years on: the lessons of Peterloo
Aug 16 • 48 min
Speaking at a day school in Manchester earlier this year, Josh Holroyd of Socialist Appeal discusses the events surrounding the Peterloo massacre of 16th August 1819, when thousands of protestors demanding political rights were brutally repressed by local…
Tory leadership race: folly, fury, and farce
Jul 12 • 16 min
Alan Woods, editor of In Defence of Marxism, discusses the current contest between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to succeed Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party. As Alan highlights, it is a farce of democracy that a 160,000-strong reactionary…
Hong Kong protests: What do they represent?
Jun 28 • 21 min
Daniel Morley, writer for Socialist Appeal, discusses the mass movement that is taking place in Hong Kong against the repressive extradition law. Millions have participated in the protests against the newly proposed extradition bill - this in a city of…
Oppose Trump’s imperialist aggression against Iran
Jun 21 • 9 min
Hamid Alizadeh, writer for In Defence of Marxism, discusses the increasing friction between the USA and Iran, with Washington accusing the Tehran regime of attacking two oil tankers and shooting down an American drone. The US President, with the support…
Revolution and counter-revolution in Sudan
Jun 14 • 21 min
Fred Weston, editor of www.marxist.com, discusses the revolutionary events taking place in Sudan. In April this year, after decades in power, long-standing dictator Omar al-Bashir was toppled by a mass movement. Following this, a military junta - the…
Alan Woods: Trump, Brexit, And the ‘special relationship’
Jun 7 • 17 min
Alan Woods, editor of In Defence of Marxism, comments on President Trump’s recent state visit to Britain. With Theresa May stepping down, Tory leadership contenders have made a lot of noise about how Britain will ‘reclaim sovereignty’ and ‘take back…
China: from revolution to Tiananmen
May 31 • 42 min
In this talk from a recent London-wide meeting of the Marxist Student Federation, Daniel Morley discusses the Tiananmen student protests that shook the regime in China 30 years ago. The Tiananmen square protests were the largest student movement in…
Fundamentalism, Terrorism, and Imperialism
May 24 • 47 min
In this talk from a recent London-wide meeting of the Marxist Student Federation, Hamid Alizadeh - writer for In Defence of Marxism - discusses the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, and the links between jihadi organisations and Western imperialism. After…
Israel & Palestine: which way forward?
May 17 • 50 min
In this talk from a recent meeting of the Marxist Student Federation in London, Francesco Merli - writer for www.marxist.com - examines the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, and discusses the solution to the crisis in the Middle East. The chaotic…
Alan Woods: The Brexit crisis and Labour’s civil war
May 3 • 15 min
Alan Woods - editor of In Defence of Marxism - discusses the battle in the Labour Party over the question of a second referendum. The Tories are torn apart over Brexit. Yet rather than uniting behind their party leader, right-wing Labour MPs are putting…
The Prague Spring: a rebellion against Stalinism
Apr 26 • 54 min
In this video from the 2018 Revolution Festival, Francesco Merli of In Defence of Marxism (www.marxist.com) discusses the events and lessons of the 1968 Prague Spring - a revolt against the Stalinist bureaucracy that was put down by Moscow. In 1968, over…
The crisis of liberalism
Apr 17 • 52 min
In this talk from last year’s Revolution Festival, Ben Gliniecki looks at the current collapse of the liberal status quo, providing a Marxist analysis of liberalism’s rise and fall. In November 2016, American voters dispatched “the electoral equivalent of…
Liverpool in the 1980s - how to fight the cuts
Apr 11 • 41 min
Speaking at the recent Peterloo day school in Manchester, Mike Hogan of Liverpool Wavertree CLP discusses the lessons from the struggles waged in the 1980s by Liverpool city against Thatcher and the cuts. With Marxist Labour councillors in the leadership,…
James Connolly and the struggle for Irish Independence
Apr 5 • 53 min
In this talk from the 2018 Revolution Festival, Ben Curry of the Socialist Appeal editorial board discusses the life of James Connolly: the man, his ideas, and their relevance for Marxists today. James Connolly was born in 1868 to Irish parents in…
Artificial intelligence and the nature of consciousness
Mar 29 • 53 min
In this talk from the Revolution Festival 2018, Daniel Morley of the Socialist Appeal editorial board examines one of the most long-standing questions of philosophy: what is consciousness? This is a question that has become increasingly relevant with the…
The 2008 crash to now: A decade of crisis
Mar 14 • 49 min
In this talk from the 2018 Revolution Festival, Rob Sewell (editor of Socialist Appeal) explains the causes behind the 2008 crash and discusses the revolutionary way forward for society. September 2018 marked the 10th anniversary since the collapse of…
International Working Women’s Day: from abortion rights to feminist strikes
Mar 8 • 36 min
To mark International Working Women’s Day - 8th March - we publish a talk from the 2018 Revolution Festival, where Ellen Morton and Fiona Lali of the Marxist Student Federation discuss the modern struggles taking place internationally against women’s…
Marxism and Morality
Mar 1 • 43 min
Speaking at the 2018 Revolution Festival, Jack Halinski-Fitzpatrick of Socialist Appeal provides a Marxist analysis of what role morality plays within class society, and how revolutionaries should derive their ethical framework and decisions. Many critics…
Brexit, Corbyn, and Crisis
Feb 22 • 31 min
In this video from the recent national conference of the Marxist Student Federation, Ian Hodson (president of the bakers’ union) and Rob Sewell (editor of Socialist Appeal) discuss the turbulent political situation in Britain and the misery facing workers…
Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution
Feb 14 • 67 min
In this video from the 2018 Revolution Festival, Alan Woods (editor of In Defence of Marxism) discusses the events of the English Civil War - England’s revolution. The civil war in the 17th century saw the forces of Parliament battling against the…
Freedom and slavery: the birth of capitalism
Feb 1 • 50 min
In this talk from the 2018 Revolution Festival, Josh Holroyd discusses the origins of the capitalist system, the violent and contradictory revolution it carried out across the world, and the implications these hold for the fight against capitalism today.…
Hands off Venezuela! Oppose the imperialist coup!
Jan 25 • 14 min
Jorge Martin of the Hands Off Venezuela campaign discusses the ongoing attempted coup, which is being aggressively pushed by US imperialism. Washington has stepped up it’s efforts this week to oust the democratically elected government of Venezuela. They…
The revolutionary ideas of Rosa Luxemburg
Jan 15 • 61 min
On 15th January 1919, Rosa Luxemburg - one of the main leaders of the German Revolution - was brutally murdered by reactionary state forces, depriving the working class of one of its greatest fighters. To commemorate Luxemburg’s life, we republish here a…
Dialectics: from Hegel to Marx
Jan 11 • 45 min
In this talk from the 2018 Revolution Festival, Hamid Alizadeh (editor of www.marxist.com) looks at the ideas of Georg Hegel, the German thinker who resurrected the philosophy of dialectics. Dialectics, as Hamid outlines, is a philosophy that explains…
Alan Woods: Macron - stripped of his liberal halo
Dec 18, 2018 • 19 min
Alan Woods, editor of In Defence of Marxism, discusses the magnificent gilets jaunes movement in France, which has exploded out of nowhere to land a blow against the ruling class. Ever since his election as president in May 2017, Emmanuel Macron has been…
Alan Woods: Brexit - “Those who the gods wish to destroy, they first make them mad”
Dec 12, 2018 • 18 min
Alan Woods, editor of In Defence of Marxism, discusses the historic political crisis taking place in Britain, as the Tory Prime Minister’s fate hangs in the balance. As Alan notes, the UK was once considered one of the most stable countries in the world.…
From barter to Bitcoin: what is money?
Dec 7, 2018 • 51 min
Money, the Bible says, is the “root of all evil”. Under capitalism, it dominates over us, acting - in the words of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - like a “chain of gold”. But money has evolved and changed throughout history: from the early use of…
Permanent revolution in Latin America
Nov 30, 2018 • 48 min
In this talk from the recent Revolution Festival, Jorge Martin discusses a new book co-authored by himself and John Roberts, which explores the application of Leon Trotsky’s theory of permanent revolution to the experiences of Latin America. Trotsky’s…
The Suffragettes and the fight for equality: a century of struggle
Nov 22, 2018 • 44 min
In February 1918, the UK Representation of the People Act was brought in, giving the right to vote to women with property over the age of 30. In November of the same year, women in the UK were allowed to stand for parliament for the first time. In…
How did Bolsonaro win the Brazilian elections?
Oct 30, 2018 • 18 min
Jorge Martin, editor of América Socialista and writer for In Defence of Marxism, discusses the results of Sunday’s presidential elections in Brazil, where the far-right candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, won with 55% of the vote. As Jorge explains, Bolsonaro is…
Alan Woods: Saudi monsters and their imperialist friends
Oct 17, 2018 • 18 min
Alan Woods - editor of In Defence of Marxism - discusses the barbaric crimes of the monstrous Saudi regime in the wake of their recent murder of a critical journalist. This rotten regime is responsible for exporting wars, oppression, exploitation, and…
Catalonia: a year of turbulence and struggle
Aug 8, 2018 • 31 min
In a special podcast episode of IMTV, Arturo Rodriguez - activist from Lucha de Clases and editor of the Catalan paper Revolucio - discusses the dramatic events that have taken place in Catalonia and the rest of Spain over the past 12 months. The movement…
What the Trump is going on in the USA?
Aug 1, 2018 • 31 min
In this special podcast episode of IMTV, we interview Antonio Balmer and Tom Trottier of Socialist Revolution, the US section of the International Marxist Tendency. Antonio and Tom explain the factors that have led to the election of Donald Trump in the…
IMTV #6: From abortion rights to feminist strikes
Jul 11, 2018 • 25 min
In the latest episode of IMTV radio, activists from Socialist Appeal discusses the fight for women’s liberation: from the struggles of the Suffragettes 100 years ago, to the #MeToo movement today. The last year has seen a massive explosion of struggle for…
IMTV #5: Students and workers - unite and fight
Jun 27, 2018 • 24 min
In the latest episode of IMTV - the International Marxist Television channel, hosted by Socialist Appeal - our guests looks back over a busy year for activists on UK campuses. Earlier this year we saw the largest ever strike by academic staff in the UCU,…
IMTV #4: Grenfell, one year on - still no justice
Jun 13, 2018 • 20 min
On 14th June 2017, disaster struck as the Grenfell tower in west London was engulfed in flames. 72 people died in the fire, according to official reports. But the real number could be even higher. One year on, and the inquiry into the Grenfell fire is…
IMTV #3: Israel and Palestine - a Marxist perspective
May 30, 2018 • 33 min
In the third episode of IMTV - the International Marxist Television channel, hosted by Socialist Appeal - Francesco Merli provides a Marxist analysis of the situation in Israel and Palestine. On 14th May 1948, the state of Israel was officially founded.…
IMTV #2: Venezuela - between imperialist aggression and economic crisis
May 17, 2018 • 32 min
In the second episode of IMTV, Jorge Martin of the Hands Off Venezuela campaign joins host Josh Holroyd to discuss the political situation, ahead of presidential elections on 20th May. As Jorge explains, Venezuela is being bombarded from all sides by…
Alan Woods: Iran deal collapse - Trump lights a fuse in the Middle East
May 9, 2018 • 17 min
Alan Woods - editor of In Defence of Marxism - discusses Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and reintroduce sanctions. In taking this step, the US President is throwing a lit match onto an already highly-flammable situation. In the…
Alan Woods: Oh! What a Lovely Peace
May 3, 2018 • 15 min
Alan Woods - editor of In Defence of Marxism - discusses the North Korean peace talks, which US President Donald Trump has been quick to claim credit for. A year ago, the media was alight with hysterical warnings about the imminent threat of a Third World…
IMTV #1: Marx 200 - Why Marx was right
May 2, 2018 • 31 min
IMTV is a new audio-video channel, hosted by Socialist Appeal - the British section of the International Marxist Tendency. Follow IMTV on the Socialist Appeal YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo_Moc4DU_WbHpA3q5SKoSQ In our debut episode,…